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20-24 May 2019 / Belgrade

Powering economic growth while solving social and environmental challenges

How Innovation Can Accelerate The Impact Economy?


During five days of May, Innovation week will bring together innovators, inventors, industry leaders, digital giants, opinion-makers and game changers to showcase and discuss the latest trends and innovation in science, technology , design, creativity, R&D, new product development having in mind impact on common good.
We will share knowledge and information to better understand future and rapidly changing world, global technological and economic landscapes, shifting trends across different sectors, as well as the ethical, moral, legal, and political implications of technologies implementations.
We want to discuss and discover the means of giving equal priority to both: economic growth and solving social and environmental challenges, contributing to public good and building a more responsible society.



CEO at Trizma Neuro


Venture Fellow at UNICEF & Co-founder of Startit


President at New Frontier Group


EY Innovation Entrepreneur 2018 I Blockchain I MVP Workshop


CEO of NEOME Women Investing Club I Alternative Investments


McKinsey&Co Next Generation Women Leader 2020 | PhD student, Genomic Medicine at University of Cambridge


Associate Professor I Biosense I Biosystems


May 20th
18.00 – 20.00
OPENING SESSION AND COCKTAIL / Residency of Ambassador of Sweden
Honorary host welcome speech: H.E. Mr. Jan Lundin, Ambassador of Sweden in Serbia
Ivan Rakonjac, Innovation Fund, Director
Simona Jaćimović, student of Faculty of Agriculture

May 21st

Powering economic growth while also solving global social and environmental challenges

• AFA Innovation week program board members, Ivana Jovičić, Blockchain Developer, Blinking; and Jelisaveta Lazarević, Teaching assistant and PhD student FEFA and AFA Project Lead
• Habib Lešević, J2C, Leadership Development & Executive Coach
• Stuart Kohlhagen, the Science Nomad; Director “Science and Learning at Science Centre Solutions”, “How to develop capacity for innovation”

10.00 OPENING “How to create National Framework for Boosting Innovative Ecosystems and Impact Economy? “
• Nenad Popović, Minister without portfolio of Serbia in charge of innovations and technological development

10.10 Introduction: H.E. Jan Lundin, Ambassador of Sweden, “Sweden, country leader in innovations with high good country index”

10.20 – 11.20 PANEL SESSION: “The Most Innovative Countries Experience “
• H.E. Mr. Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy
• H.E. Mr. Pertti Juhani Ikonen, Ambassador of Finland
• H.E. Mrs. Alona Fisher Kamm, Ambassador of Israel
• H.E. Ms. Ruth Caris Stewart, Ambassador of Australia
• H.E. Mr. Philippe Gérald Guex, Ambassador of Switzerland
Moderator: H.E. Mrs. Kati Csaba, Ambassador of Canada

11.20-11.30 Refreshment break

11.30-12.30 PANEL SESSION: “How to build Serbian innovation ecosystem?“
Vesna Crnojević Bengin, BioSense Institute cofounder
Stefan Lazarević, CEO NCR Serbia (tbc)
Ivan Bjelajac, CEO MVP Workshop
Klod Kolaro, Vice President and General Manager, Comtrade System integration International
Vladimir Trkulja, UNICEF Venture fellow and Startit co-founder
Sandra Rodić, Access to finance, USAID Cooperation for growth project
Moderator: Jelena Galić, President of the Executive Board, AIK Bank

Key notes:
12.30-13.00 Branislav Vujović, President of New Frontier Group, “Innovation through business model”
13.00-13.20 Nikolaos Dimitriadis, CEO, Trizma Neuro,”How to Apply Neuroscience in Business”
13.20-13.40 Inbal Polak, Co-founder & CIO of NEOME Women Investing Club / Transformative Power of Human Capital: Alternative and Innovative Investments
13.40-14.00 Cesar Sanchez, AirBus Vice President Southern Europe, Caucasus & Israel
14.00-14.45 Networking lunch


Book presentation
• Goran Skrobonja, Leonardo da Vinci book, Laguna
Innovation in Agriculture
• Ivana Gađanski, Research Fellow, BioSense Institut
Innovation in Healthcare and Pharma industry
• Staša Stanković, PhD student in Genomic medicine Cambridge University
• Dr Ana Krivokuća, Research Assosiate, Institut za Onkologiju i Radiologiju
Innovation in Research field
• Jovana Nikolić, Consumer Insights, Mbrain Train
Innovation in Ecology
• Jelena Smiljanić, Head of Production, Esensa
Innovation in Electro-energy sector
• Marko Bezbradica, professional associate for managing the international and regulatory portfolio, Elektromreža Srbije, CROSSBOW project
Innovation in financial sector
• Ivana Jovičić, Blokchain Developer, Blinking and Milica Lazarević, Software Developer, Blinking
Innovation in Real Estate and Architecture
• Mia Zečević, CEO, Novostan
• Vladimir Bojović & Sara Vasić, Junior Architects YOUTH by Arhi.Pro
Innovation in Education
• Siniša Dagary. CEO Sacret Life
Innovation in Retail industry
• Biljana Ždrale, Co-founder, Boostowski
Innovation in Creative Industry
• Aleksej Vasić, GM and Photographer, Lumina Images
Innovation in Telecommunications
• Branka Pudrlja Durbaba, Senior Market Director and CMO, Vip mobile
Innovation in Gaming
• Miloš Paunović, CSR Specialist Nordeus
Innovation in ICT
• Jelena Ječmenić, Alliances and Channel Manager, Comtrade System integration international for Slovenia, Austria and UAE
• Marija Mitrović Dankulov, Head of Innovation Center, Institute of Physics
• Vukašin Vukoja, CEO and Co-founder, Tenderly
• Nikola Mađarević, Senior Blockchain Engineer, 2Key.network
• Nada Begenišić, Senior Technology Consultant, AIGO

17.45-17.50 Member of AFA Executive board, Svetlana Tešić, Introduction

17.50-17.55 Winners of Hack#teen “More girls in STEM”
online platform – Pitagora Escape Room

18.00-19.00 PANEL SESSION: “Technology Welcomes Girls”
• Stefan Salom, Co-founder Infostud
• Jasna Januš, Program Manager, Microsoft Development Center
• Nebojša Bjelotomić, CEO Saga
• Nataša Sekulić, Country Leader, IBM
Moderator: Nebojša Djurdjević, Digital Serbia Initiative

19.00 Pledge Signing & Photo Session

May 24st

PKS Privrednik

17.00 EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE / Long Life learning – Creating a Labor Market for the future

17.00-18.00 Key note speakers:
• Stuart Kohlhagen, the Science Nomad; Director of Science and Learning at Science Centre Solutions, Canberra
• Ivan Ostojić, McKinsey Partner

18.00-18.10 Talk: Siniša Dagary, Innovation in education, talent development and learning,

18.15-19.00 Panel session: Innovation in how we work and future of employment
Moderator: Branimir Brkljač, Founder of Mokrin House
Ivana Paunović, Working Experience Manager, Nordeus
Macarena Botta, Uruguay ecosystem development

19.30-19.45 Marko Beslać
19.45-20.00 Gymnasia Kragujevac , students participants on competition in Huston
20.00 AFA Annual Innovation Awards Ceremony – Jury representatives: Jelena Galić, CEO AIK Bank and prof.dr Dragan Lončar, Faculty of Economics, Kori Udovički, CEVES, Nebojša Đurđević, Digital Serbia Initiative, Toplica Spasojević, SPK Privrednik, prof. dr Zoran Ševarac, Faculty of Organisational Sciences

Special Event In Partnership with Impact Hub
Regional Capital Market Conference

May 23rd From talent to Growing Businesses /in partnership with Impact Hub – Regional Capital Market Conference
11:30 – 16:30 Panels, Fire-side chats @Amerikana, Dom Omladine

10:00 – 16:30 Teenage Stage @Klub, Dom Omladine

16:30 – 18:00 Mixers/ Facilitated networking and open house @Impact Hub Belgrade

18:00 Closed door Startup pitches

May 24th Limited Spots Only @Impact Hub Belgrade

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Author, Professor of Business; Partner with Threshold Capital, an experienced investor and business developer


Human Innovation in Emerging Technologies | International Speaker | Mentor | Facilitator


CEO, Scientific Revenue; Founded two C-level companies at 3 others


Entrepreneur, Impact Investor and Keynote Speaker on Innovation, Startup, Impact and Angel Investing


Programmes Director at Impact Hub Kings Cross, Founder of the Outsiders Network


Make your innovations and initiatives recognised!

The Annual Awards for Innovation and Initiatives celebrate the brightest talents and outstanding organisations, raising standards and sharing best practices throughout the industries, professions and society. They are the ultimate seal of approval for all those who contribute to economic development, public good and build a better society. Annual Awards for Innovations and Initiatives celebrate exceptional ideas, extraordinary practices and recognise incredible innovation that contributes to creation of innovation eco system and environment of excellence.

Innovation Grand Prix

Prize that recognizes the most innovative individual, company and organization

Company of the Year
Non-Profit Organization of the Year
Person of the Year

All application form categories below will be included in the competition for Innovation Grand Prix.


The most innovative industry leaders
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The most innovative non profit initiatives
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Share with us your knowledge and ideas
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This year we want to honour individiuals and organisation, change makers in our society who bring innovation and to encourage and inspire young people to exhibit their ideas and projects. Thus, we established Special Awards category.


Innovation Week Special Awards
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We need to share knowledge and information to better understand future and rapidly changing world influenced by global technological and economic landscapes as well as the ethical, moral, legal, and political implications of technologies implementations.

The solutions cannot be offered only by governments and businesses. We want to establish a long term partnerships based on togetherness on all levels that will have a spillover effect and include individuals, families, companies, institutions and communities. By combining synergies we can make greater impact and better society for present and future generations.

Share your opinion with us. It matters!

Record a short video offering your innovative solution for current local and global challenges via e-mail: iw@afa.co.rs.

The submissions process will close on Sunday, 5th May at 00:01 GMT+1.